June 28, 2021
Contact: Melissa Villarin
Office E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on the announcement of a state budget agreement between the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom:
“It has been a difficult year for our students, and the state budget agreement recognizes that by investing in students through one-time direct grants, housing and other basic need supports, workforce training and diversity equity and inclusion programs. Colleges will have resources to help with enrollment outreach and retention as they transition out of the pandemic as well as more resources for innovation in teaching and learning. The budget advances an historic update to Cal Grant programs, restructuring them in a way that is more inclusive of California community college students. We look forward to continuing to work with the Legislature and governor in taking the important step of increasing the level of Cal Grant financial support for students that is so critical to their success.”
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.